Construction Skills Fund - CITB

Construction Skills Fund

The Construction Skills Fund supports the development of construction on-site training hubs.

The hubs help train long-term unemployed and people who are looking to make a career change into the construction industry.

We are planning to award funds for at least 20 training hubs in England.

The fund is open to organisations that are best able to deliver the outcomes of the on-site training hub initiative in England.

Most construction projects will require a collaboration that includes at least one other organisation from the list below:

  • Employer with large infrastructure or housing projects
  • Local authorities
  • Combined authorities
  • LEPs
  • Housing associations
  • Other clients (e.g. HS2)
  • Federations
  • Training groups
  • Colleges
  • Higher education
  • Private training

The funding would be provided to the organisation leading the bid. It could support the establishment of the hub’s training facilities, a skills coordinator for each project, and the cost of training delivery and qualifications not currently supported by public funding.

New entrants

If you are unemployed, a career changer or a young person not in education, employment or training (NEET), please revisit this page in September.

We will update this page with information on regional on-site training hubs and how you can contact them.  

CITB has £20.8m available to fund at least 20 on-site training hubs in England.

Applications should be proportionate to the training opportunities which will be delivered within an 18-month period of funding.

The on-site training hub model

An on-site training hub is a physical facility which enables potential entrants to become site and employment ready. The hub would ideally be located within a large housing development or infrastructure project.

Training hubs are aligned to the construction programme to enable training to be matched to employment opportunities. The model encourages collaborative partnership working with a focus on benefits to local communities.

In working collaboratively with Jobcentre Plus, local community groups, training providers and through the construction supply chain it is possible to design training programmes for those wishing to enter the construction industry which give the best possibility of gaining employment.

Through the fund, it is envisaged on-site training hubs will design programmes focused on those wishing to join the sector from full-time education, those who are currently unemployed, and those wishing to switch careers.

Finding partners

If you don’t have eligible partners, or are open to engaging with more, CITB can help. Contact constructionskillsfund@citb.co.uk to request support collaborating on a funding application. 

CITB runs an online workspace for commissioned opportunities, allowing you to link with other potential applicants and join discussion groups. If you would like to join this workspace, email constructionskillsfund@citb.co.uk to register your interest. 

Before you apply to the Construction Skills Fund, you are required to fill in our expression of interest form.

Provide as much detail as you can about your proposed construction project. A CITB colleague will contact you to discuss your proposal.

Complete an expression of interest

Why submit an expression of interest?

The CITB funding and partnerships team will review your proposal and will contact you within 24 hours to advise you of the outcome of their review.

Your expression of interest enables CITB team colleagues to offer guidance if you are not yet in a position to apply, and can provide more information and support to explore this and other opportunities.

Submitting a formal application

Applications should be made via Delta, the e-sourcing system. The link to the system will be provided after your expression of interest has been reviewed by a member of the Partnerships team.

Please read the application guidance notes which are available in the Delta system to support you in completing the form.

The application window is now open. The deadline for applications is 10am (BST) Monday 17 September 2018.

Scoring

Applications will be scored against published criteria. Each question will have a defined percentage which contributes to the overall score. Each question will be scored on a defined 0 to 5 rating with the percentage calculated based on this.

Scores will be awarded to your application and those with the highest percentage score, within the funds available, will be provisionally offered funding, subject to our terms and conditions.

Scoring will be undertaken by colleagues within CITB and DfE.

Decisions 

Decisions will be communicated by email following the investment panel which will be responsible for agreeing funding recommendations.

Approved projects

We will publish all projects which receive funding on the CITB website. Projects will be publicised once signed fund agreements are in place.

Evaluation

CITB will undertake an independent evaluation of all on-site training hubs to ensure future thinking is informed from the learning of this funding.

CITB support

CITB will make support available to potential applicants through webinars and customer conferences.

Customers developing applications through the Delta online portal will benefit from technical support via webinars and Skype sessions.

The fund is part of the government's National Retraining Scheme in England. This scheme aims to support innovative ways of training new entrants and retraining adults in areas for which public funding is not available.

The Construction Skills Fund is provided by the Department for Education (DfE), and administered and implemented by CITB.  

In June, we held a series of webinars and customer conferences which provided further information about the CSF, how to apply and a Q&A session.

Watch a recording of the CSF webinar that took place on 20 June, presented by CITB Structured Fund Manager, Debbie Johnson. 

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